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 Clovis “Danny” Nordquist

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Clovis “Danny” Nordquist

  • Birth 9 Feb 1923
  • Death 20 Oct 2007
  • Burial Minneota, Lyon County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 22330984

Clovis "Danny" Nordquist
(February 9, 1923 - October 20, 2007)

Services for Clovis "Danny" Nordquist, age 84, of Canby, will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 1:00 pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Canby. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-7 pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7 pm. Reverend Katherine Rood will officiate. Burial will be at Hope Lutheran cemetery in Minneota.

Danny died peacefully at her home on Saturday, October 20, 2007 after a long battle with cancer. She was born on February 9, 1923 to Ollis & Eva (Gable) Dansby in Quitman, Mississippi. She graduated from Central High School in Jackson, Mississippi. She met a young serviceman while he was stationed at Foster General Hospital in Jackson. Six weeks later, she married Gene Nordquist on September 16, 1944. As newlyweds, they moved north to Pelican Rapids. During Gene's college years, they lived in Bemidji and Minneapolis. After his graduation from mortuary school, they took an internship in Detroit Lakes and then they finally settled in Minneota where Gene was in partnership in the furniture and funeral service for 26 years.

While in Minneota, she attended church at Hope Lutheran Church where she was actively involved in teaching Sunday school, Circle, and led Bible studies. Danny was also involved with politics and served as Lyon County Republican Chairwoman in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Danny and Gene adopted two boys. Scott joined their family in 1953 and Dane in 1955. In 1976, they moved to Canby, where Gene started a new business. While she was a member at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Canby, she was actively involved in WELCA, served as a mentor for confirmation students, and volunteered numerous hours in many activities in the church. She was also a member of the Hospital Auxiliary at Sanford Hospital in Canby and the Minneota American Legion Auxiliary.

Danny's hobbies included playing bridge, collecting elephants and bears, volunteering for community activities, and antiquing with her husband. Danny also enjoyed listening to Dane's jazz and Dixieland bands. But she especially enjoyed babysitting and spending time with the grandchildren and (sometimes the grand-dogs). RVing was a big part of her life-so much so that she and Gene became very active members in the Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicles Club. In their many travels, they were privileged to have visited all 48 states of the continental U.S. and half of Canada. They also enjoyed ten winters in Arizona in their RV. While there, they organized a Rambler Breakfast Club that also included wintering Holiday visiting members in the Mesa, AZ area. Their circle of friends now stretched across the U.S. Danny and her husband enjoyed 63 years of doing many things together and doing for each other. She was a dedicated servant to God, church, and family. Her biggest emphasis was on "Love". She practiced "Love your neighbor as yourself". All who knew Danny loved her and she returned it in full measure.

Danny is survived by her husband, Gene; sons, Scott and his wife, Ruth of North Branch, MN and Dane and his wife, Nancy of Canby; two grandchildren, Justin and Nicole Nordquist; sister, Jeri Marsalis and her husband, Buddy of Clinton, MS; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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  • Created by: Sandra
  • Added: 21 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22330984
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clovis “Danny” Nordquist (9 Feb 1923–20 Oct 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22330984, citing Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Minneota, Lyon County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Sandra (contributor 46915147) .